The battle to keep drugs out of Cape Town is a daily priority task for local authorities and on Sunday 6 September, a considerably large consignment was intercepted before it made its way into the hands of syndicates.
Authorities stop drugs from making it into Cape Town
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa, what started out as a routine stop-and-check at the Tsitsikamma tollgate resulted in the confiscation of mandrax tablets that fetch for more than R700 000 in Cape Town’s illicit drug trade.
“Vigilant members of the police conducted a roadblock at the Tsitsikamma Tollgate at about 22:00 when they stopped a passenger bus that was en-route to Cape Town. Upon searching the luggage compartment of the bus they discovered a grey bag with Mandrax tablets inside. Further investigation led the police to the owner of the luggage that was a passenger on the bus,” Brigadier Potelwa said in a statement.
The suspected drug mule was a 31-year-old woman. At this time, her identity has been concealed pending the outcome of her first court appearance on charges of drug possession.
In another momentous drug bust, police intercepted a taxi on its way to George and found 155 bundles of Khat, an amphetamine with similar effects to cocaine.
“This vehicle was stopped and the members found a box behind the driver seat during a search of the vehicle. They discovered the drugs wrapped in newspapers inside the box,” the police spokesperson added.
Interestingly, no arrests were made in this instance.
“Western Cape police management commended the members for their vigilance in ensuring that the drugs were taken from the streets. Similar operations to curb drug trafficking will continue and drug traffickers will be brought to book,” the statement concluded.